December 9, 2008
Avon Lake Senior Looking Forward to CMU Career
It has been noted on several occasions that one of the great strengths of the Central Michigan 2009 recruiting class is the offensive line. Exhibit A is Avon Lake (Ohio) senior Adam Schneid, who committed to the Chippewas over the summer.
"It has been a goal of mine since I was a freshman to play college football," Schneid said. "Now it's a reality. I'll be at Central in June. I have been getting to know a lot of the other commits and I really like all of them. It's starting to get a lot more real and a lot more exciting."
While Adam may have been looking forward to being a Chippewa, that did not stop him from fulfilling his duties as a member of his Avon Lake High team. Adam helped lead his team to an 8-3 record. Even more impressive was that he was a part of an offensive line that paved the way for 3,311 yards and 36 rushing touchdowns.
"Our offensive line worked together really well," Schneid said. "We were all good friends and hung out a lot outside of football. We got to know each other's styles and what one another would do in certain situations and that definitely helped out on Friday nights."
"Our team accomplished some good things this year," Schneid continued. "We won the conference. We set a record with 359 rushing yards in a game by one runningback. We didn't go as far as we wanted but it was still a good season."
Anyone who played against Adam as a junior was in for a rude awakening when he stepped on the field for his senior season. This past summer, he put in a ton of work and was able to get a lot bigger and stronger.
"As a junior, I played at around 230 pounds but as a senior, I played at about 260," Schneid said. "I made some big improvements size and strength wise and I plan on doing it again. I'm at a gym called Speed Strength, which has trained Ted Ginn Jr. and a bunch of other pros. I have been there for a year now. Tuesday and Thursday, they have had me doing a lot of running and band resistance workouts. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I do a lot more lifting."
In addition to being a part of a good team, all of the hard work paid off for Adam on an individual basis as well. The honors he has received include AP 1st team All Ohio division 2, AP 1st team All Northeast Lakes District (Northeast Ohio) division 2, 1st team all county and County Lineman of the year.
Making those honors even more impressive is the competition he went up against to get them. Throughout the season, Adam was required to block players such as Chris Snook, a three star West Virginia commit, and John Taylor, who will be playing at the University of Ohio in the fall.
Although he played for a predominantly running team, one of Adam's greatest strengths is his pass blocking.
"I am very good in pass protection," Schneid said. "I come from a running team but I have long arms and quick feet. I need to work on my leg strength. However, I have been working hard on those and making some good gains. Right now, 70% of my workouts are on my legs and 30% are on my upper body."
With his senior season now finished, Adam is now looking forward to being part of an excellent offensive line in the future for Central Michigan.
"I am very excited about the rest of the linemen in the class," Schneid said. "We have two All-State linemen and I am really looking forward to working with all of these guys. We have a lot of size. We should be a great line together.
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